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The aroma of spearmint is fresh, grassy and minty.
Common Name: Spearmint
Plant Part: Flowering tops
Form: Essential Oil
Family: Lamiaceae (Libiatae)
Synonyms: Mentha viridis L.; common spearmint; garden spearmint; green mint; lamb mint; pea mint; fish mint.
Origin: Thought to have originated in Europe. Now cultivated throughout, Asia, Europe, Middle East and the USA . Oil is produced mostly in the USA, England, France, Spain, Russia, India, China, Germany.
Botanical Description: A perennial hardy branched plant with bright green, lance shaped, sharply toothed leaves, quickly spreading underground runners and white flowers clustered in the form of spikes. The plant is from 25 to 75-cm (10 to 30 in) high.
Method of Extraction: Essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the newly flowering tops-partially dried. The oil is a pale yellow to colorless mobile liquid. Yield 0.7%.
Aroma Profile: The top note is very fresh, sweet, minty, green, and weedy. The middle note is strong, warm, minty, weedy, and sweet. The dry out note is powdery and minty.
Major Constituents: Carvone (60%), limonene (20%), dihydrocarvone, ¦Â-bourbonene, ¦Â-caryophyllene, myrcene, ¨¢-pinene.
Common Adulterants: With synthetic carvone.
Regulatory Status: GRAS 182.20. 172.230
Aroma Benefits: gently vitalizing, vitalizing, clarifying, refreshing, cooling
Blends Well With: Lavender, rosemary, lavandin, eucalyptus, jasmine, sage, lime, basil, peppermint.
Safety Data: Non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing
Directories: Essential Oils
Description: The aroma of spearmint is fresh, grassy and minty.